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USU RESPONDS TO HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS By Lauren Bennett, Alison Berg and Carter Moore NEWS STAFF
Utah State University President Noelle Cockett held a video conference Friday morning with students, faculty and staff to address alleged misconduct by Caine College of the Arts faculty members against former students. Cockett, who made the video call from California, said the university hired Alan Sullivan, a Salt Lake City-based attorney, to investigate the students’ statements and possible misconduct from the university. She also ensured if the investigation finds that USU did not act appropriately, changes
Fourth candidate added late to provost search
will be made. The report from the independent investigation, the president said, will not be given directly to the university but will instead go to the chair of the USU Board of Trustees, Jody Barnett. Student safety is first priority, the president mentioned. “First and foremost, I want to tell you about how much I care about your safety, both students and faculty.” Cockett also commended the two piano students who shared their experiences separately on Facebook — an act both said was inspired by the #MeToo movement.
“We really appreciate people reaching out and supporting others when they began to share what their experience at Utah State had been,” she said. Amy Arakelyan, the first of the two to post
“I was just broken,” Arakelyan, a student in the piano department from fall 2003 to fall 2007, told the Utah Statesman on Thursday. “That experience was horrible and it was damaging,” she said. The Utah Statesman reached I was just broken. That experience out to Whitney Griffith, the was horrible and it was damaging. second woman to post. However, Griffith was unavailable for — Amy Arakelyan comment Friday. Arakelyan said she received a allegations against the piano department on private message from Griffith after she had Facebook, detailed experiences in which she seen Arakelyan’s post and she disclosed to Arand her then-boyfriend were mistreated by akelyan about her experience with the USU different members of the department. see “Allegations” PAGE 2
‘THIS IS THE GREATEST SHOW’
By Lauren Bennett NEWS CONTENT MANAGER
The search for a permanent Utah State Uni-
versity executive vice president and provost
continued Tuesday at the fourth candidate’s
public forum session of his campus interview. The candidate, Dr. Francis D. Galey, is cur-
rently the dean of the College of Agriculture
and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming. His candidacy was announced earlier this month via email from the current interim provost, Larry Smith, on behalf of President Noelle Cockett.
The public forum was an opportunity for
faculty of USU to participate in a Q&A with the candidate.
The initial three candidates’ campus inter-
views and public forums were conducted in September and October.
Smith said Noelle Cockett is responsible for
choosing a provost, and it is her choice when to bring in candidates.
Cockett was not immediately available for
Galey was in the initial pool of candidates
and was vetted by the same process and at the same time as the first three candidates, Smith said. The announcement of the original three candidates did not signal the candidacy period had closed.
Although Galey was selected as a candidate
after the others had finished their campus in-
terviews and public forums, all four are still eligible for the position.
The search committee involved various fac-
ulty from USU main campus, regional cam-
puses, USU Extension and USU Eastern in the discussion about provost candidates.
“We had wide-ranging, thoughtful discus-
sion with faculty from all over campus and
regional campuses,” said Joseph Ward, dean for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and head of the search committee.
Smith has served as interim provost for
more than a year while the search continued.
“Serving as USU’s interim provost has been
a wonderful honor, and I’ve enjoyed every
minute of the experience,” Smith said. “It has been made much easier because of the in-
credible talent of the provost office staff, vice provosts and program directors.
Smith also said it’s been a privilege to serve
the outstanding faculty, heads, deans and help President Cockett begin to move her agenda forward.”
The on-campus public forums of all four
candidates were broadcast through Aggie-
Cast to USU regional campuses and USU Eastern. Ward said the faculty have been “actively engaged” with the search process. Submissions are due Feb. 20.
PHOTO BY Erica McNeill Big Blue turned out his best Hugh Jackman imitation during the men’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon, dressing as the main character from the hit movie “The Greatest Showman.” The Aggies came up short in the game, losing to No. 24 Nevada 93-87, but have a chance to finish above .500 in Mountain West play for only the second time since joining the conference. The final home game of the season will be March 3 at 7 p.m. Read the recap of the game on Page 4.
GOOD DOGS WITH GOOD JOBS Service dogs (and other animals) becoming increasingly common on campus By Shelby Black STUDENT LIFE STAFF WRITER
They can be seen all over campus.
Walking to class, sitting in lecture halls, studying on the Quad. Service animals
of all kinds help students at Utah State University get their education.
Service animals come in three
varieties — service, emotional support and therapy. They all help and have a close relationship with their owner. Jake Turner, a junior at USU has
been working with his service dog,
Winter, for almost a year now. Winter and Turner work as a team. Turner
has no natural sense of balance and Winter serves as a counterbalance.
“I began looking for a service animal
over the summer. We found Winter
who had already had some training, but she was with a family that
couldn’t take care of her anymore.
She was 16 months at the time and best qualified to be my service animal,” Turner said.
A day for Winter and Jake starts off
with a morning routine. Winter has to pass a series of commands to be able to work for the day.
“The morning routine involves basic
commands like sit and lay down,”
Turner said. “It shows she’s listening to my commands and paying attention to me.”
Once Winter passes, she attends all
classes on campus with Turner.
According to the Americans with
Disabilities Act, service animals are
allowed to be with their owners in all public places. This is one characteristic that sets a service animal apart
from other types of working animals. “Not knowing what it is like to be a
parent, she feels like my child. She
thinks she can protect me. She is my world right now,” Turner said.
When Winter is on campus with
Turner, she is working. She wears a
service animal vest and is by Turner’s side at all times.
When service dogs are working it is see “Good Dogs” PAGE 3
PHOTO BY Rilee Scoresby Winter, one of the many service animals on the Utah State University campus, has been working with her owner for almost a year now.
WEEK OF FEBRUARY 20, 2018
TORREY GREEN TRIAL
PHOTO BY Iain Laurence President Cockett addressed alleged misconduct by Caine College of the Arts faculty members Friday. Cockett commended the two piano students, who studied at The USU Chase Fine Arts Center (above), who shared their experiences separately on Facebook.
“Allegations” FROM PAGE 1 piano department. “It’s time for me to share my story about one of the darkest chapters in my life,” Whitney Griffith wrote Tuesday on her Facebook. “While I was at Utah State University in 2009, I was raped by an instructor in the piano department.” Griffith posted screenshots from her Facebook post on Twitter Wednesday, and the university responded from its official twitter account stating “USU is looking into this, and we encourage anyone with relevant information to contact Title IX at 435-797-1266 or to file a report at http://titleix.usu.edu .” The professor accused of sexual assault is no longer working at the university, USU spokesman Tim Vitale told The Statesman Thursday. “This is being investigated at the highest levels of the university,” said the student liason for the college, USU Student Association Arts Senator Sierra Wise. “I have the utmost trust that there are individuals who are on this case who have the needs of these students in mind and not administration, and that’s what we need.” Craig Jessop, dean of the college, told The Utah Statesman Thursday that the college is doing all it can to assist investigators in the situation.
Representatives from both the USU Sexual Assault and Violence Information office and Counseling and Psychological Services were at Friday’s video conference to provide information about their offices and the services they provide to students. “It hurts to hear that our students have not been treated in the appropriate manner, and it hurts to think that students feel that USU has not done enough to protect them,” Cockett said. This story will be updated as more information becomes available. If you feel you have been the victim of sexual harassment or assault, please reach out to the USU Title IX office at (435) 797-1266 For confidential counseling, the SAAVI and CAPS office are free to students and can be reached at 435-797-7273 and 435-797-1012 respectively. — firstname.lastname@example.org @laurmarben — email@example.com @alison__berg — firstname.lastname@example.org @carterthegrreat
PHOTO BY Eli Lucero/Herald Journal. Torrey Green makes his initial appearance, with his lawyer Skye Lazaro, in 1st District Court Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Logan, Utah. Green who played football at Utah State University has been charged with aggravated kidnapping, forcible sexual abuse, and four counts of rape. By Associated Press AP
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — A former Utah State
University football player accused of sexually
assaulting seven women is trying to get his jury trial moved.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports Skye Lazaro,
the attorney for former Utah State linebacker
Torrey Green, argues Cache County is too small and media coverage has been too exten-
Court documents say Lazaro also argues six
of the seven sexual assault cases being brought
against his client, Green, are so similar they should be combined.
Green is charged with 12 felonies — includ-
ing kidnapping and rape — in seven cases, af-
ter seven women came forward saying he sex-
ually assaulted them while he was a student in Logan between 2013 and 2015.
Green has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
sive for him to receive a fair trial.
UFO’S AT USU? NO, IT’S UAS: NEW DRONE MINOR culture research.
Buxton helped Wesemann develop the drone
program because he is passionate about them. He wants to own his own business with drones working with agriculture or search and rescue.
Buxton has completed all of his courses for the
minor and is taking more that is required. “You only have to take four courses. I’m talking all of
them,” Buxton said. This semester, Buxton is
building a mapping drone on top of his required coursework for his course about programming drones.
Drones have helped Buxton in his profession with
Aggie Air and his side aerial photography business. “With my minor, Im focusing on the technical,
PHOTO BY Megan Nielsen Raymond Pruitt and Jordan Conover work on a design for a drone on Feb. 14, 2018. By Bobbee Russell NEWS STAFF WRITER
as: understanding the weather and radio calls.
minor,” said Andreas Wesemann, assistant profes-
sist of learning how to build a drone from scratch
There are three core classes and one elective.
courses are aerial photography and independent
tion technology majors are eligible for the drone
Utah State University aviation is set to declare an
official minor in unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The 12 credit minor will go to the Board of Trust-
ees March 2. Students have been taking classes since it was proposed.
Students from different departments around the
university are pursuing the UAS minor.
Aleigh Allred, a senior studying political science,
likes that this program brings in so many different majors “into this realm.”
compliment whatever major they have. Even avia-
“Students will be able to take the four classes and
sor of aviation technology.
Each of these classes has a required lab.
In the introduction class, students will become
The rest of the course material in the minor con-
a month with a meeting with factual information
aviation. She sees drones as an expanding field
Currently, there are about 70 students enrolled in
“We are certified to fly drones that are below 55
Hunter Buxton, a junior studying business, was
Wesemann added that the introductory course
Buxton also leads the drone club on campus in
conjunction with the minor He plans to meet twice and a meeting where students go out and fly.
the classes for the UAS minor. “We anticipate that
pounds,” Allred said.
ness is so fun,” Buxton said.
and how to fix it when it is crashed. The elective
certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and be able to fly as a commercial pilot.
scientific side. Drone photography as my own busi-
Allred has been interested in maintenance and
where she can pursue her interest.
“If you want to fly in your backyard, this may not
number to go up,” Wesemann said.
be the class for you. If you want to really under-
interested in drones when he started doing bridge
all industry today, then this minor will be great,”
inspection research with them. Buxton also works
stand how to use drones to incorporate them into Wesemann said.
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WEEK OF FEBRUARY 20, 2018
STUDENT LIFE “Good Dogs” FROM PAGE 1 best not to acknowledge them or pet them,
Turner said. It can distract them from the task at hand. Students who want to pet a service
cat, Luna. Place received Luna last february after her first semester at Utah State.
unconditional love and support system,” Place
college. It was affecting my school work and
morning to feed her and play with her. I have a
“I was having a difficult time adjusting to
quality of life,” Place said.
Place’s doctor suggested getting a emotional
animal should first ask its owner for permis-
support animal to help ease her stress. Place
ing a task or wearing its vest.
process and got approved to find a pet.
sion, and make sure it is not currently perform“One of the things people need to realize is if
and her husband went through the paperwork “I’ve had cats my whole life so that is what I was
they are wearing their vest, they are not to be
most comfortable with. We saw Luna in the
history. She is the
messed with. She is trained not to react,”
When Winter isn’t performing a service for
Turner they can be seen out on the quad
playing fetch or hanging out in his dorm.
“She runs after the ball but then she just stares
window and the rest is sweetest cat you will ever meet,” Place said.
at it waiting for it to move agan. She doesn’t
fulfilling a physical
after it,” Tuner said.
provides comfort and a way
like bringing it back, but she sure likes running Just like any other dog, Winter takes some
time to get some exercise and relax. By taking care of Winter, Jake gets a lot of love and service in return.
“She helps me get around and that means a
lot to me. She helps make up for the abilities that I lack,” Turner said.
Hillary Place, a cultural anthropology major,
spends her days with her emotional support x
service for Place, Luna
people per household has caused trouble for USU renters and city landlords alike.
As stated in Section 5.17.095 of Logan
Municipal Code and Chapter 17.13 of the
Logan Land Development Code, living units
such as houses are only allowed to accommodate up to three unrelated adults or a family.
The only exception for this three person rule is for Campus Residential units, most apartments on and off campus which can house up to six unrelated adults.
Russ Holley, a senior planner for Logan City,
into the Merrill-Cazier library to help students
destress. A therapy animal’s main goal is to be
able to tolerate public places and large groups of people while also providing emotional comfort to people.
Therapy Animals of Utah is a nonprofit
organization that works to spread
awareness about therapy animals,
provide training for these animals and
connect them to groups of people.
The classification between service, emotional and support animals can become blurred.
accompany their owner to
“There is no real
their owner. They do not
of TAU, wrote,
all their classes, but instead
licensing process for
wait at home to assist them.
said that this law was put in place to reduce
ed individuals in a house, cars tend to be parked
Logan zoning law regarding the amount of
on campus can be found when they are brought
When choosing housing for school some
and laws associated with doing so. A particular
that help humans. A example of therapy animals
provide a relationship to
impact from a property to neighborhoods.
they are often unaware of the many obligations
Therapy animals are another type of animal
emotional support and
STUDENT LIFE STAFF WRITER
students opt to rent a home in Logan city, but
care of me.”
main job is to provide
responsibility to take care of her and she takes
tional support animal’s
THREE’S A CROWD City laws restrict number of tenants per house
- By Dillan Passmore
said. “It encourages me to get up in the
to decompress. A emo-
“Having Luna is nice because you have a
“We’ve found that if you put too many unrelat-
on the front lawn, maintenance goes down and there are a lot of noises,” Holley said.
Still, not every landlord follows this zoning
law and this can effect USU students.
Mekenna Malan, a recent USU graduate,
found housing this year at the bottom of Old Main hill on 500 North. Malan was rooming
with two of her friends and seven other girls.
Soon after they all moved in, Malan and her
roommates found out that their landlords had received a violation from the city stating that there were too many people in the house.
They had 10 days to reduce the number of people in the house down from 10 to 3.
One of the landlords, who wishes to remain
anonymous, was reluctant to talk about the
violation. The landlord was even angry at
Malan for telling the house about the violation. Malan and her friends immediately sought
“Even if we didn’t get evicted in the end, we just
are protected by law in their respective areas.
Therapy animals also have very different kinds of training and registration processes, depending on what organization supports them.
Probably the best way for public facilities to
protect the public as well as ensure humane
treatment of animals is to put in place intelligent policies and procedures, based on latest research.”
There can be a certain stigma associated with
the use of animals on college campus. A lot of
allegations of rule-bending and false paperwork can be found, Place said.
“It’s a fairly simple process to obtain a animal
on campus. Because it is so simple people abuse it. That makes it harder for people who have diagnosed conditions to get the support that they actually need,” Place said.
Place said students should talk with a doctor
before getting a service animal.
“I’ve had a lot of people tell me that I’m selfish
for having Luna or that I need to grow up. I
don’t have to justify my mental illness to you,”
she said. “This is how I have chosen deal with it and how she helps me.”
to cover the entire thing up, Malan said.
“It sounded like they were still trying to sell
three more contracts even after we moved out,” she said.
Malan said she is particularly worried about
didn’t feel comfortable living there,” she said.
other students knowing about the zoning laws,
move out of the house in 24 hours. The other
evicted, something that will lower the likelihood
They were able to find new contracts and
seven girls stayed in the house though.
Malan and her friends had to persuade their
because it might result in students getting
of finding housing for individuals in the future. “The goal is to bring the house to compliance,
landlords to let them out of their contacts.
which is down to three unrelated people,” Holley
deposits or rent paid in advance. Malan said
every landowner will tackle that differently.”
They still haven’t been reimbursed for security the landlords claim they were trying to make it fair to the people already living there.
Holley, speaking generally of Logan city,
said, “Every semester we get complaints from a neighbor (that too many people) are living in a house.”
Holley said that when a complaint is received
it is processed by the Logan Neighborhood
Improvement Division, which will investigate the claim. Once an officer from that division
said. “There’s a process to achieve that goal and Landlords who fail to comply to the zoning
law will be fined, if those fines accrue they might end up in small claims courts.
Holley said it is important for students and any
renter to review their lease with their landlords.
“They’re all private contractual agreements,”
Holley said, “and nine times out of 10,
problems result from people not understanding or not fully reading the contracts.”
Holley also said to check with the city when
believes there is a violation, they’ll then place
reviewing leases to verify information such as
“(Landlords) have a certain time to comply,
Overall, Holley said, the city has made great
a notice on the property.
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that are just defiant.”
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students will become familiar with zoning laws.
understand the rules, there is a “grace period”
this,” Malan said. “I feel like a lot of landlords
“If they’re repeat offenders then there is less
out the violations until someone complains. I
The negotiations and fines depend largely on
they are a new landlord, and they don’t given to educate them.
grace given,” Holley said.
Malan said she believes in her case that the
landlords were fully aware of the zoning laws. “He did in fact, know about the law,” Malan
Both Malan and Holley said they hope more
“It seem like almost everyone has a story like
around campus do it, but the city doesn’t hand do feel most landlords abide by the rules and are honest, but almost every student I talked to wasn’t aware that this was a rule.”
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said, “because he was trying to get us to only
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WEEK OF FEBRUARY 20, 2018
Aggies fall in shootout
No. 24 Nevada defeats Utah State 93-87 we get a little bit more… we can win that
ence standings, but are only one game back
tremely well. We gave it 100 percent, every
ference receive a first round bye in the MW
game. But we played extremely hard and ex-
single guy. I’m extremely proud of my team and the way we played and fought.”
Junior forward Quinn Taylor and DeAngelo
Isby each added 11 and 10 points, respective-
ly. Taylor also tied with McEwen and junior
forward Dwayne Brown Jr. with five rebounds to lead the Aggies.
of fifth place. The top five teams in the con-
tournament. The Aggies have not advanced
past the quarterfinals of the MW tournament
since entering the conference in 2014. Should
Utah State make a run in the tournament,
though, a third matchup with Nevada appears likely.
“I’m confident we’ll see them again,” McEw-
“I think we came out really strong and threw
en said, “and I feel like we’ll perform even
fident with a lot of energy,” McEwen said. “If
The Aggies have three more games on their
the first punch right away. We came out con-
you look at the numbers, defensively, they
regular season schedule to attempt to move
team played pretty good defense. They made
shot a great percentage but I feel like our a lot of shots over hands, and when that hap-
up the MW standings in preparation for the
“We’ve got three games left, starting with
pens, you just have to shake their hands.”
Air Force,” Merrill said. “Obviously our focus
when the team scores over 80 points, as USU
like we can win and put ourselves in a good
The loss was the first for USU this season
had been 8-0 in such contests prior to Saturday night.
“I think this game can give our guys confi-
dence,” Duryea said. “We can play with them. We can play them head up.”
With the loss, USU now sits at 14-14 on the
is with Air Force, but it’s three games we feel position.”
Tipoff for Utah State’s game at Air Force is
set for Saturday at 2 pm.
season and 7-8 in Mountain West play. The Aggies currently rank eighth in the confer-
PHOTO BY Erica McNeill Utah State junior guard DeAngelo Isby throws down a dunk against Nevada. The Aggies only had five turnovers in the loss. By Daniel Hansen SPORTS SENIOR WRITER
Sophomore guard Koby McEwen scored a
career-high 32 points, but Utah State was un-
able to keep pace with No. 24 Nevada in a
93-87 loss on Saturday at the Dee Glen Smith
Spectrum. Junior forward Cody Martin led the Wolf Pack with 30 points on 13-18 shooting.
“It’s not shocking because it’s Nevada,” McE-
wen said. “When they have three players that
are responsible for 70 plus points, that’s tough… They play with a lot of confidence
and swagger, and that’s why they’re number one in the league.”
The first half was an offensive showcase for
both teams. McEwen and sophomore guard Sam Merrill started the Aggies off well with
two 3s apiece in the first few minutes as USU
built an early 16-9 lead. Nevada was able to thoroughly keep pace, however, as twin
brother Caleb and Cody Martin scored 16 and 17 points in the first half.
“We were about as good as we could be of-
fensively against that type of defense and
competition, and we could not get away from
them at all,” head coach Tim Duryea said.
“We really didn’t stop them in either half, and yet I really can’t fault our defensive effort.
They were just fantastic. They had to play that well to win and they did.”
With less than eight minutes remaining in
the first half, Utah State led 37-30. Nevada’s
length took over from there, as USU mus-
tered only one more field goal for the rest of
the half as the Wolf Pack went on a 22-3 run to take a 52-40 lead into halftime.
“You have to give credit to them,” Merrill
said. “Offensively, we did really well but we
missed a couple shots that we should have made. They made all the shots they should’ve made, and that’s why they won.”
The Aggies played an uphill battle for much
of the second half, unable to trim Nevada’s
lead below six points until the final minute. The Wolf Pack left the door open at the end,
missing several free throws to give USU a chance to pull off a miraculous comeback.
The Aggies cut the lead to four points, but were unable to complete the comeback in the final seconds.
“It’s always frustrating to lose, especially
when you had the chance to win the game,” McEwen said. “I feel like we’ve gotta get
more guys to contribute a little more and if
PHOTO BY Erica McNeill Sophomore guard Koby McEwen shoots a three pointer over a Nevada defender. McEwen had a career high 32 points, along with five rebounds and three assists.
WEEK OF FEBRUARY 20, 2018
DeHarde leads Aggies against No. 15 Boise State
High individual marks and sixth-best beam score in program history highlight USU’s 194.900 performance By Lauren Lomeli SPORTS STAFF WRITER
The Utah State women’s gymnastics team
took second place Saturday at a meet hosted
by No. 15 Boise State with a score of 194.900.
The Broncos won the meet with a season-high score of 196.875.
Several career-high marks were set for USU
gymnasts as the team took on Boise State for the second time in a two-week stretch.
Freshman Autumn DeHarde had an exhila-
rating meet, earning a score of 9.900 to tie for second place in the floor exercise, and also recorded a career-high 9.750 on the vault.
Along with those high scores, DeHarde also
took the first place crown on the balance beam, scoring a personal-best of 9.925. De-
Harde’s score is tied for the fourth-highest mark in program history. Previously this sea-
son, junior Emily Briones scored a 9.925 on the beam as well, making the teammates just
the eighth and ninth gymnasts in Utah State school history to earn such high marks on the beam.
a team score of 49.200, a mark whichwhich
set a new season high and ranks tied for sixth highest in program history history.
Another personal best was made when fresh-
man Mikaela Meyer placed third on the vault with a tally of 9.850. Meyer also served as an
anchor for the Aggies on the floor, where she
was a last-minute addition to the lineup and was able to serve up a 9.750 score.
On the uneven bars, sophomore Brittany
Jeppsen tied for third place with a season-high
score of 9.850, with fellow sophomore MaKay-
la Bullitt recording a career high with a 9.800 to place in seventh. As a team, the Aggies scored a 47.875 in the exercise.
The Aggies will complete the four-meet road
series at the Elevate The Stage meet on Friday,
Feb. 23, at the Sea Gate Centre in Toledo,
Ohio. The quad-team meet will begin at 5 p.m.
and will feature two teams the Aggies have previously faced in Bowling Green and 10thranked Denver, in addition to No. 6 Michigan. @lomeli_lauren
The team finished the night on the beam with
PHOTO BY Sydney Oliver The Utah State hockey team closes the season on a nine-game winning streak to finish with a top-two rank and an automatic bid to nationals.
Aggies punch ticket to nationals
which start March 9 in Columbus. They are
By Jason Walker SPORTS EDITOR
the two seed in the four-team group while nine-game
helped them jump Northern Colorado for the No. 2 rank in the West, giving them an automatic bid at the AHCA National Tournament.
Wednesday’s rankings, revealed in the ACHA
Men’s D2 Reveal Show, are the final rankings
which will be released this year. USU was pre-
viously ranked second from Nov. 22 to Jan. 17. They fell as low as No. 4 in the Jan. 24 rank-
ings, but worked their way back thanks to the win streak and victory in the Mountain West
Conference tournament and a timely loss by former No. 2, Northern Colorado.
“I think it shows the character of this team,”
USU head coach Jon Eccles said of how his
team bounced back, “that they’re not willing to give up just because they hit a few road bumps. Everything came together, guys work-
ing together and believing that we could get back to No. 2. They were not going to let it not happen.”
There was some doubt in the mind of Eccles,
not sure if the computer-generated rankings would reflect how the Aggies have done, but
overall he was confident his team would make
the jump from No. 3 (their previous rank) to No. 2.
“We did everything we had to do,” Eccles
said. “Then we got some help with [Northern Colorado] losing and I really think that pushed
l eus over the top.” . Utah State will play in Group B at nationals,
Penn State is the one seed in the pool. The
other two teams in the pool will be determined by the Central and Northeastern regional tournaments. The winner of the Central regional
and runner-up in the Northeast tournament will fill out the group.
The Aggies have made it to nationals in seven
of the last eight seasons, but have only ob-
tained an auto-bid three times in that span, the last one coming in the 2012-13 season.
Had the Aggies remained at No. 3, they
would have needed to go through the regional
tournament Feb. 23-25 to get a spot at nationals. But even then, they would have had a harder time in group play.
As it is, USU will have a hard time in group
play. Penn State, the No. 1 ranked team in di-
vision two (the Aggies are No. 20 nationally) while nine of the Aggies’ potential group op-
ponents playing in the Central and Northeast regional rank ahead of them nationally (four in Northeast, five in Central).
The task appears daunting, but Eccles said
the computer-generated rankings can be “deceptive” because teams in the West don’t have
the ability to put together a schedule as strong
as teams in the East, thus hurting their rating. Eccles said he was confident Utah State can go toe-to-toe with the top teams they’ll face at nationals.
PHOTO BY Sydney Oliver The Aggies will be heading to Columbus, Ohio for nationals wheret they will face Penn State and two teams which have yet to be determined.
PHOTO COURTESY OF USU ATHLETICS USU freshman Autumn DeHarde performing a routine on the beam. DeHarde scored the fourth-highest mark in program history on beam with a mark of 9.925
WEEK OF FEBRUARY 20, 2018
Column: We can’t stop every drunk driver, but we should probably still try getting assaulted, raped, robbed or shot. Yes, in
By Logan Jones OPINION EDITOR
America, in 2018. One out of nine. Do any
parents out there see where I’m going with this
You know, we didn’t have guns in the house
I’m not even talking about real firearms, I
mean any guns. No super soakers. No NERF
firepower whatsoever. My younger sister and I didn’t even see our first shooting video game
until “Star Wars: Battlefront” somehow slipped through the cracks one Christmas.
mission ranging from Memphis, Tennessee to the unglamorous expanse that is western
Arkansas, where I learned about guns in a hurry.
The first lesson came from rural Arkansans,
who each appeared to own some combination
of a shotgun, handgun, hunting rifle and .22 by the time they reached junior high. Although
used for both sport and defense as one would expect, firearms also
symbolized a powerful link
between a people and their roots. The relationship
between these southerners and their proud rebellious
streak was, in a vacuum, an inspiring one. It valued
self-reliance and prepared-
thing. Those measures spare lives every day. To be clear, my sister and I didn’t live in
harmony just because toy guns were banned
pitch: guns are capable of immense, efficient
really creative with the methods by which you
destruction, and there are currently not enough obstacles between firearms and those who would misuse them.
The Parkland shooting is simultaneously one
of our nation’s greatest tragedies and just the
latest in a string of terrible events. You know all
Then at age 19 I shipped off to an LDS
the same and it’s not enough, but it is some-
That’s admittedly a lot of windup for a simple
the arguments, so I won’t parrot them here.
words. All letters may be shortened,
could shoot a rubber band across a room. Too
taste, redundancy or volume of simi-
many pithy tweets this past week would have
you believe without guns, hapless criminals will
too distant in our collective memory.
But you know what? Better an inaccurate,
sole intent of finding its mark. Guns facilitate
As uncomfortable as it sounds, we’ll probably
never fully eliminate human beings doing bad
things. The best we can ever do is mitigate the
per than a NERF dart manufactured with the
many intents, but ultimately have just one use — to shoot stuff. To do it as precisely as
possible from as great a distance as possible in as little time as possible. That’s fine on the
I say in a vacuum because in practice, the
insistence that unabated access to firearms be a proud part of our culture led directly to a
second, more sobering lesson — guns kill a lot of people.
Memphis at night is a warzone. A hub of
major hospitals at the center of the city receive victims of violent crimes via ambulance and
emergency chopper every hour of every night. Statistically, if you and eight of your best pals
set up shop in midtown Memphis, one of you is
So let’s handle it. I can’t
tell you whether putting
up stricter safeguards on acquiring firearms is a
true compromise or the
oft-feared “slippery slope” the NRA so publicly fears,
risk. Maybe gun rights should give way a bit so
Drunk drivers are going to keep murdering
people — doesn’t mean we’re out there
confiscating car keys from the average citizen. Instead, obstacles are in place to keep morons
from hurting loved ones. There are measures in
specific individual may be edited or not printed.
game on Tuesday.
ly, go back and watch Winter Soldier again, years ago.
individuals. Any letter directed to a
with a playoff basketball
but maybe — just maybe — we are long past
Captain America was all over this crap four
may not be directed toward any
a high school sophomore
damage as best we can in a way that balances
personal freedom with common good. Serious-
Letters must be topic-oriented. They
shooting range; it’s not fine when it’s aimed at
Statistically, if you and eight of your best pals set up shop in midtown Memphis, one of you is getting assaulted, raped, robbed or shot.
ness, as well as the ability to protect loved
guess the Boston marathon bombing is already
think differently look like jackasses, so I won’t Talk is cheap.
or rejected for reasons of good
be reduced to butter knives and duct tape — I
short-range rubber band peeled off a newspa-
repeat those either.
Letters should be limited to 400
from our household. On the contrary, we got
Many of you have a favorite statistic that
supports your stance and makes people who
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the point where this compromise is worth the more kids can claim their right to live.
Maybe not having guns in the house is the key
to growing up.
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Column: The curious monopoly that is USU Dining Services By Diego Mendiola STAFF WRITER
Dining Services has a sort of monopoly on
campus. It owns all the restaurants, but the restaurants pick their business models and food prices
separately. They are simultaneously in competition and cooperation to make as many sales as possible — but this hegemony is not as artificial as it may appear.
Dining Services is a special type of organization
from Utah State called an auxiliary. It is not
officially for profit, but for all intents and purposes it functions as a business and thus seeks profit. It
also shares part of its revenue with the university, supplying human resources and the controller’s
office with funds. It provides wages and salaries to its employees and attempts to offer affordable
food for students, all while expanding without competing against itself. This odd relationship affects the prices customers see on the menu.
“The monopoly issue is an interesting one,” said
Alan Andersen, executive director of USU Dining Services. “Years ago we offered space to downtown restaurants but no one was interested
because they couldn’t make money on campus.”
Andersen cited the lack of diverse menu options
across different mealtimes, or what are called
“dayparts,” as one of the obstacles for profitability on campus.
“Some of our locations are not even breaking
even, but overall Dining Services is able to make enough to reinvest and continuously improve,”
So what about profit?
According to Andersen, since Dining Services
doesn’t “receive any money from tuition, fees, the state legislature in the form of tax revenues, or anything like that,” on-campus restaurants set prices relative to what’s available in town.
inflated prices. But should the university subsidize the food students pay for? Doesn’t the university get enough money from student fees, the state, loans and ever-rising tuition and fee prices?
Couldn’t they give students a break at least in sustenance?
helps students with food on campus. A larger,
gives part of their profit to the university beyond
Center (SNAC) program could be funded and
its yearly $500k rent.
Ultimately, there are many contradictions in the
way that Dining Services is organized and
operated. Dining Services claims itself as not for
healthier food options could be reduced in price
even by a fraction, but this would take action from students.
Andersen is open to these types of changes on
paper. but he’s not optimistic that there is any will
dent. It competes with downtown businesses
not interested in curbing or modifying purchasing
while being largely insulated from them physical-
ly. All these contradictions combine to set the price the way students see it.
to provide cheaper food prices to students, and is behavior. He is more interested in educating his customers.
“A dietician would be a great resource, especially
This is a tricky situation for a food operation to
to students with specific dietary concerns or
with downtown as a legitimate concern for food
lend a lot more consistency to our efforts to
balance, but it is difficult to imagine competition price justification. Is it realistic to imagine
thousands of students flocking downtown, then
issues,” Andersen said. “The dietician could also provide nutritional information.”
As for the future, Dining Services is expecting to
back to campus each lunch and breakfast only to
open up to three new locations and a remodeling
Or — even less likely — actually meal-prepping?
the next year.
get a slightly cheaper meal or find a cheap apple? Wouldn’t lowering some food prices incentivise
students to purchase more food, rather than less of it?
Students may question food prices on campus,
even find themselves scoffing at the obviously
The Statesman editors reserve the right to not print every letter to the editor. But all letters will be published online.
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profit while still seeking profit and expansion. It is part of the university, yet separate and indepen-
There could be a program, fee or subsidy that
Behaving “very much like a business would
downtown,” Andersen said. Yet, Dining Services
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Tony Ahlstrom- Sophomore Business Administration
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Platform: Create an accepting environment on campus, further help and assistance for mental health, help everyone become an upstander, connect students with alumni, help students become their best self. Qualifications: •
Director on the current USUSA President’s Cabinet
Facilitator for the Aggie Blue Leadership Conference
Director in the Student Giving Branch of the SAA
Solid understanding of the organization of the USUSA
Involvement in many of the clubs and organizations on campus
• Provide QPR and Upstander training for all students on campus rather than just for student leaders.
• Promote groups and clubs on campus by creating events to supplement Club Rush, Greek recruitment week, etc.
• Create an atmosphere on campus where every student feels comfortable sharing their talents, ideas, and perspective.
• Create more post-college job opportunities by connecting students to alumni through the SAA.
• Inspire every student to make the most out of their collegiate experience.
Brayden O’Brien- Junior Finance & Accounting
Platform: I am running for President to advocate for USU students at all levels of administration and government, to create the highest-caliber student body in the Utah System of Higher Education, and to provide every USU student the opportunity to thrive. Qualifications:
• Director, Government Relations Council. 2016 -Current • President, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. 2017 -Current • Writer, USU Statesman. 2015 -2016 • President/Competitor, USU Speech & Debate. 2015 -Current • Huntsman Scholar. 2016 -Current Goals/Plans:
• Continue efforts to address sexual assault, mental health, and diversity on campus. • Promote intellectual curiosity and academic achievement. • Encourage and provide opportunities for discourse and collaboration across campus.
• Build inclusive campus communities. • Maximize institutional transparency
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Platform: I want to create a family atmosphere within the student body at USU and help the students be more comfortable around peers, mare adamant in involvement, and enjoy student life more. Qualifications:
• I love Utah State • Love being with students and representing them • Strong motivation to help and serve • Open to finding new ways to make things better • Want to help students enjoy their student life more Goals/Plans:
• Updating the emergency system to a more efficient, practical system to create a safer campus.
• Help make becoming involved more easily accessible to all students. • Create a social media solely for spotlighting students submitted in through peers. • Create a family environment helping students feel more open with one another. • Helping better market university events to help students take full advantage of all that goes on.
Athletics + Campus Rec. VP Bannon Greer-Sophomore Communications Studies
Platform: Build a bridge between student-athletes and students because I am a student-athlete. Promote all sports and get more attention to lesser attended sports. Continue what Jakob has done this year with promoting athletics. More events such as campout on the quad. Apply what I have learned in SAAC. Qualifications:
• Executive Committee of Student-Athlete Advisory Committee • In charge of social media of SAAC • Utah State student-athlete representative for Mountain West • Leadership skills and ability to motivate • I personally know the student-athletes and their need Goals/Plans:
• Build a bridge between students and student-athletes. • Promote and get bigger attendance for all sports. • Focus more on tailgates and intramural sports and make them more exciting and popular.
• Continue doing and add campus recreation events. • Give larger recognition to teams and athletes, especially those who excel both in their sport and in the classroom.
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Meet the Candidates: Tony Ahlstrom Though Tony Ahlstrom has only spent slightly more than two years at Utah State University, he’s dedicated his collegiate experience to involvement and service. He hopes to extend that experience to the USU Student Association president position. As a freshman, Ahlstrom served on the 2017-18 USUSA campaigns of Chelsea Yoshikawa, Cody Davis and Michael Scott Peters The three encouraged him to seek involvement in various organizations, citing his bubbly personality and willingness to serve. Ahlstrom, a sophomore majoring in communication studies, spent the 2017 summer as an Aggie Blue Leadership Conference facilitator, and currently serves on the President’s Cabinet, the Student Alumni Association and as a “founding father” of USU’s newest fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta. “I see this as an opportunity to serve even further. As an opportunity to reach people even further and to give back to more people,” Ahlstrom said. Though Ahlstrom is now page 4
a “true-blooded Aggie,” he was raised a “die-hard” Brigham Young University fan. His parents and older brother attended the university, but after touring USU and receiving scholarships, Ahlstrom’s mind was set on “the spot where the sagebrush grows.” “As soon as I came here, I thought, ‘This is where I’m going to be, this is where I’m going to end up, this is where I want to be,’” he said. “It’s a family, and you can really feel the difference.”
Ahlstrom received an academic scholarship but deferred it to serve a mission in Armenia for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When he returned and settled into his new Logan home, he was greeted with a smiling face from a big name on campus: Michael Scott Peters. Peters lived near Ahlstrom and invited him to work on his presidential campaign later in the year.
Involvement on various campaigns sparked Ahlstrom’s interest in running for office. Until recently, his plan was to serve as Jonathan Ambrose’s campaign manager, until Ambrose decided against running. Ahlstrom then set his eyes on running for Student Alumni Association vice president but sharing his goals with others gave him a desire for something bigger. “I just felt like it was really
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an opportunity to reach a greater service load for our students,” he said.
years old and watched them succeed on his dad’s fantasy football team.
Ahlstrom said he plans to expand on all of Peters’ current initiatives, and he hopes to specifically continue mental health awareness and sexual assault awareness.
A little-known fact about himself, Ahlstrom said, is that he took voice lessons from a teacher who took lessons from Michael Jackson’s voice teacher.
He also plans to shift a wider focus to networking with alumni, a passion he has gained while serving on the Student Alumni Association. He’s a “really big fan” of the networking events and opportunities at USU. If elected, Ahlstrom hopes to enact a job-shadow program where current students can spend a few days with a former student in their career field. Overall, Ahlstrom would like to see students “excel” rather than just feel complacent at USU. “Not just feel welcome, but thrive and do what they want to do,” he said. “Not just feel comfortable being here, but really be who they are and feel comfortable sharing who they are.” In his free time, Ahlstrom enjoys playing Pokémon on his Game Boy, reading and spending time with his friends. And although he’s experienced “a lot of hate” for it, he’s a dedicated New England Patriots fan. He has been since he was nine
Although his bleach-blonde hair isn’t what naturally grows, dying his hair every spring is a tradition he’s held deeply since high school, when his soccer team dyed their hair every playoff season.
also having a good time.” Inspired by “The Greatest Showman,” Ahlstrom’s campaign theme is “come alive.” “I really want to see everyone come to the limelight,” he said. “It may be weird at first, but in the end, it’s going to create a legacy.” — email@example.com @alison__berg
“I’ve done it almost every spring, just as a reminder of that. A reminder of how to accomplish something, to keep your confidence high,” he said. Ahlstrom’s friends also spoke to his dedication to involvement and empathy as a friend. “He’s really concerned that everybody feels included. If there’s a big group of people, he makes sure everybody feels included, everybody knows who everybody is. That’s something I admire about Tony,” said Jesse Steadman, a friend of Ahlstrom’s. The two met as Aggie Blue Leadership Conference facilitators, and “just had a really good vibe right off the bat,” Steadman said. “He really draws that balance between professionalism and page 5
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Meet the Candidates: Jaren Hunsaker Jaren Hunsaker was literally born an Aggie. He and his sister Anna were born a year and a half apart in the midst of their parents still earning their degrees at Utah State University. Jaren and Anna were raised in Heber, Utah, and started attending USU in the fall 2015 semester. He is now running for Utah State University Student Association President. Hunsaker is majoring in communication studies with a minor in marketing. He said he hasn’t figured out his dream job, but he wants to help other people. His overall goal is to “make a difference in someone else’s life.” His current job interests are the business side of humanitarian companies and medical device sales. Hunsaker loves to be around people, especially his friends, and describes himself as “chill.” He was drawn to USU by the atmosphere, the culture and the people he has met. He loves attending on-campus events and other activities. One of Hunsaker’s favorite activities are 30-minute long page 6
dance parties called “dirty thirties.” He is taking a hiphop class and learning new moves. His friend Erik Dalton can attest to Hunsaker’s dance skills. The two recently went to USUSA’s event, Mardi Gras. “He is the life of the party when he’s on the dance floor. He’s the one that gets me in the middle of the circle when everybody is watching,” Dalton said. Dalton and Hunsaker became friends through a calling with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “When I met him through the church calling and we went over to visit, it was so easy to connect with him and all of his roommates,” Dalton said. Dalton and Hunsaker bonded with each other and their group of friends while participating in Heber City’s Dirty Dash. In addition to being a dancing duo, Hunsaker and Dalton share an interest in music. They performed one of Dalton’s original songs together at Poetry and a Beverage in January. Hunsaker learned to play the cajon — a box-shaped percussion instrument. Dalton and Hunsaker’s two
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and a half year-long friendship hasn’t gone unnoticed. “Everyone always asks if we are roommates because we are always hanging out together,” Dalton said.
Dalton and Hunsaker recently signed a contract to live in a house together next year.
Hunsaker said he is excited to run for president and give USU everything he has to offer. — firstname.lastname@example.org @bjr24601
Hunsaker said he enjoys campus events, but he has never been involved with a club or organization on campus. He is focusing his campaign on his own experience. “I am super open to being involved, but I never knew how to be involved or who to go to,” Hunsaker said. He added that it is difficult to get involved after the first two weeks of school — especially after Day on the Quad, which he said he hasn’t been able to attend because of his class schedule. Dalton was initially surprised when Hunsaker told him was running for president. “I feel like I know a lot about him and I’m able to share genuine experiences I have had with him,” Dalton said. Hunsaker’s motivation to run for USUSA president is because he is choosing to “to do things I want to do and not worrying what other people have to say about it.” page 7
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Meet the Candidates: Brayden O’Brien Experience matters, Brayden O’Brien said, and that’s exactly why he is running to be the Utah State University Student Association president. “I decided to run because I think that I have the experience, passion and productivity that would make
me an effective president,” O’Brien said. O’Brien is the president of both the Government Relations Council and the USU chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He is also a Huntsman Scholar. “I think I could give back a
lot of the good that I have benefitted from,” O’Brien said. The main goals O’Brien is interested in pursuing include mental health awareness and prevention of sexual assault on campus. “I am interested in working
on and continuing progress on issues that have been really poignant in years past,” he said. The student body president is also responsible for sitting on and participating in about 20 different boards and committees, ranging all the way up to the board of trustees of the university. “I love sitting on boards and committees,” O’Brien said. “I am someone who will be a tireless advocate for students.” O’Brien has already left a mark on the university in his various leadership roles. “His fingerprints are on everything,” O’Brien’s friend and roommate Sam Jackson said. “Not only does he put people in the right position to succeed, but he also ensures they can succeed on their own talents.” Institutional transparency is one of O’Briens other priorities, he said, citing the November 2017 Statesman article concerning the differential tuition advisory board in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.
USU elections 2018 “I want to have more conversations about transparency,” he said. O’Brien also said he wants to promote exchange and dialogue with people of different backgrounds at USU. “We have pockets of diversity on campus that are typically organized into tightknit groups,” he said. “I am really interested in utilizing those communities to work together to stamp out issues at the grassroots level.” O’Brien knows that USU can sometimes feel like a homogenous community, and diverse students can struggle to fit in. “I want to make sure that students are aware of the communities on our campus that exist,” he said. I want them to know that they can be apart of these communities, find a home, and feel welcome at Utah State.” According to Jackson, O’Brien has led the way to positive change as the president of Sigma Phi Epsilon. “I’ve seen a very drastic change in SigEp with Brayden as our president,” Jackson said. “Our weekly meetings are more productive than ever.” O’Brien also feels that fraternities have a responsibility to keep campus safe and be on the forefront of
change. “Fraternities need to become the front line opponents of sexual assault and advocates of mental health on our campus,” O’Brien said. Students make the university what it is, and O’Brien feels that acting on their behalf is the most important job of the president. “I really am running for president for every student at Utah State,” he said. “The purpose of my candidacy is to advocate for students across all levels and ensure the voices of students are heard. I want to proactively act on their behalf.”
On the president’s many committees, O’Brien feels that he would be able to stand up for students, even when it’s hard. “One of the primary reasons I’m running is because I am a contrarian,” he said. “I will push back whenever I think student voices aren’t being listened to. That is one of my strengths: being a vocal advocate, even when it is difficult.” — carter.moore@aggiemail. usu.edu @carterthegrreat
When he isn’t organizing an event or leading a meeting, O’Brien is a typical Utah State student. “I do a lot of reading, Netflix watching, hammocking, hiking, and skiing,” he said. O’Brien feels that USU has given him many opportunities, and wants to foster a culture that allows future students the same. “I love the idea that I have the opportunity to create something of value here on campus,” he said. “I think I can do a lot of public work, and I can also do a lot of the behind the scenes advocating.” page 9
USU elections 2018 Joshua Segobia-Junior Psychology
Platform: To provide an inclusive game day experience for all, reward fans for attendance, unite for athletic events, advocate for others, and bring a sense of belonging to USU athletics. Qualifications:
• Hurd President 2017-2018 • Hurd Committee Member 2016-2018 • President’s Award Recipient 2017 • Athletic Fee Board 2017 • Die-hard Aggie Fan Goals/Plans:
• Involve more on-campus organizations with athletic events. • Continue to improve a rewards system for game attendance. • Implement a “fan of the game” program. • Advocate for sexual assault prevention and mental health awareness. • Further the community outreach programs.
Executive VP Alli Hass- Junior English Education
Platform: As Executive Vice President,I would craft a plan to improve parking, extend mandatory QPR training to include Diversity and Upstander training, introduce a mental health panel of students, create a single cohesive online sexual assault resource, and make course evaluation data more accessible. Qualifications:
• College of Humanities and Social Science President • Government and Relations Council Member • Legal Assistant • A-Team Peer Mentor • USU representative for Utah Education Association Goals/Plans:
• Craft a plan to improve parking for students. • Mandatory Diversity, QPR, and Upstander training for student leaders. • Introduce a mental health panel. • Create cohesive sexual assault resources. • Make IDEA surveys and course evaluations more accessible and relevant to students.
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Organizations + campus diversity VP Jared Gheen-Junior
English -Professional and Technical Writing
Platform: Embrace diversity at USU and encourage the collaboration and interconnection of clubs. Mandate training for faculty to create a more welcoming and supportive atmosphere for all students. Qualifications:
• President of LIFE, actively working to promote equality • Diversity Cabinet Member, working with ADC clubs • Customer service experience, patient and understanding • Worked with clubs (LIFE, LXU, Students for Choice) • Accomplished student based on GPA and credits taken Goals/Plans:
• Mandate training for faculty and staff to provide awareness for issues and prejudices surrounding diversity.
• Encourage clubs to collaborate and combine club meetings to support interconnection.
• Provide greater publicity for incoming students by introducing clubs at SOAR and Connections.
• Provide Allies training that incorporates ethnicity, race, and other statuses in freshman Connections courses.
• Increase Diversity Week attendance and participation by working with housing and college departments
Joshua Johnson- Junior International Business, Global Communications
Platform: I believe in Unity through Diversity. I aim to improve the visibility of diversity and minority students on campus, while simultaneously increasing involvement in student clubs, associations, organizations, and unions. Qualifications:
• A-Team member • USU 1010 Peer Mentor • Vice President of Service for Sigma Phi Epsilon • VP of Public Relations for Inter-Fraternal Council • Member of Greek Council and Delegate to IFC Goals/Plans:
• Coordinate diversity training for all student leaders on campus, i.e. Ambassadors, A-Team, and USUSA members.
• Improve visibility, inter-student relations and communication of diversity and minority students on campus.
• Increase student involvement across the board for all clubs, organizations, associations, and unions.
• Improve the overall marketability of clubs and organizations on campus. • Encourage and support ADC/MSS organizations through coordinated planning, advertising, and social media presence.
USU elections 2018 Chasen Robbins- Junior Philosophy
Platform: My goal is to catalyze clubs and organizations through a campus-wide mentoring program and embrace diversity through various panel discussions and outreach events. Qualifications:
• Have been a member of three clubs(AOV, SOSNR, and BSU) • Two years of being president of a successful club (USUSAIV) • An extensive background in cross-cultural training • Put on large events boasting many people • Great critical thinking and communications skills Goals/Plans:
• Implement a campus-wide mentoring program through clubs and diversity. • Put on multiple events titled “A Comment on American Culture”. It is a panel discussion with campus minorities.
• Continue the plans and goals that Chelsea Yoshikawa has already implemented. • Serve the student body of Utah State more than I already do. • Instill logically sound thinking, academically invigorated choices, and environmentally friendly attitudes in USUSA.
Student advocate vp Samuel Jackson- Junior Political Science
Platform: USU students have an important voice that needs to be heard, and I have the experience and skill set to make sure that voice is communicated to the local and state government. Qualifications:
• Three years on the Government Relations Council • Executive Board Member of Sigma Phi Epsilon • President of the USU College Democrats • Lobbying experience at the Utah State Legislature • Internship experience at the Maryland State Legislature Goals/Plans:
• Advocating for the victims of sexual assault on the university, local, and state level. • Furthering the university’s Mental Health Awareness initiative on the state level. • Streamline student issues and concerns and bring them to the appropriate departments/personnel.
• Train the GRC and USUSA officers to effectively lobby state and local officials on behalf of students.
Service vp Jaxon Curtis- Sophomore Finance and Marketing
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Platform: I will help Utah State become a service-oriented campus by creating leadership opportunities, improving promotion, increasing service awareness, developing a service mindset, and boosting the publicity of the service center. Let’s take action Qualifications:
• President’s Cabinet Representative (2017-18) • 60+ volunteer hours (Spring-Fall 2017) • USUSA Tennis Club member • Utah State Dance Marathon Board member (2017-18) • USUSA Activities Committee member (2017-18 Goals/Plans:
• Create Leadership Opportunities: form service council of 8 people that will act as ambassadors for Service Center.
• Increase Service Awareness: implement “Take Action” months that motivate students to serve friends and USU faculty.
• Develop a Service Mindset: merge service center as a bigger part of university tours, SOAR, and connections.
• Improve Promotion: create social media team that will post engaging photos and videos on upcoming service events.
• Boost Publicity of Service Center: coordinate interactive stations on-campus that promote service organizations.
Jenna Stoker- Senior
Dietetics and Exercise Science
Platform: My vision is to more fully utilize the Service Center so students can find their place, feel the joys of helping others,and realize their impact is great when they serve. Qualifications:
• 2 years of leadership (250+ hrs) within the Service Center • Leadership in organizing large service events community wide • First-hand experience seeing need for greater involvement • Effective communication and interpersonal skills • Passion. It’s what drives all worthwhile effort Goals/Plans:
• Reach out to all, not just the few. Staff the Service Center with interconnected/ diverse groups of people.
• Provide funding for students who have ideas for service projects but not the means to accomplish them.
• Build weekly service bulletin where all can see service opportunities offered via social media and campus media.
• Utilize connections courses, campus tours, professors, and my.usu profile page to promote the Service Center.
• Incorporate service activities of clubs and the community into well attended USU events (i.e. basketball games).
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Student alumni association vp Daria Griffith- Junior
Psychology and Communication Studies
Platform: I will increase student opportunities for success by providing
resources that engage students in networking, student giving, and traditions. I will empower students and alumni alike in creating lifelong Aggies. Qualifications:
• Executive Assistant, Student Alumni Association (2017-18) • Mentoring Director, Student Alumni Association (2016-17) • Historian + Leadership Chair, Kappa Delta Sorority (2015-18) • Lead Teaching Assistant for Public Speaking course (5 terms) • President of USUSA Beards for Cancer (2016-18) Goals/Plans:
• Enhance Networking services for students to connect with alumni and discover careers that parallel their passions.
• Elevate the role of Student Giving by helping students understand how they impact the future of USU as proud alumni.
• Increase SAA recognition in the eyes of campus leaders, providing our services to every college and organization.
• Educate Aggies about resources available to prepare them for “life beyond graduation” and grow a stronger following.
• Continue developing the projects of SAA officers; such as the Mentoring Program and Student Donor Education.
Student events vp Meghan Tatom- Junior Journalism Communication
Platform: Provide every USU student, club and organization with aiding in creating memories at campus events. I will strengthen university relationships to unify the programming of our beloved USU events. Qualifications:
• Blue Crew President • Student Events Office Committee member • Kappa Delta Sorority Member • 2017-2018Activities Director • Connections within USUSA already formed Goals/Plans:
• Build better relationships within offices of USUSA to create better events. • Better recognize volunteers within the student events office to show appreciation for the service they do.
• Encourage directors to do the events they feel passionate about and how they want to do them.
• Work with the directors to create a welcoming office for ALL students. • Advocate for all USU students and give them the events they want to attend. page 14
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College of Humanities + Social Science Senator McKenna Allred- Junior
Journalism and Political Science
Platform: Increase college awareness by planning more student-focused, college unifying events, increase student involvement, bridge the gap between students and faculty to promote professional connections, be an effective representative for students while serving on Fee Board and Academic Senate. Qualifications:
• I am serving on the current CHaSS senator’s council • Established relationships with faculty and advisors • Served as a Student at Large on the Student Fee Board • Directly work with CHaSS students as a peer advisor • Consistently promote the college as a CHaSS Ambassador Goals/Plans:
• Bring awareness to the all of the programs CHaSS offers by improving and sustaining promotional efforts.
• Increase student involvement within CHaSS by establishing more opportunities for students to join organizations.
• Unify our students and our organizations by planning more student-focused, clubintegrated events.
• Create a professional and productive environment for students to interact and network with professors and faculty.
• Advocate for the students’ concerns completely and effectively on Academic Senate and on the Student Fee Board.
Kaden McArthur- Sophomore Law & Constitutional Studies and Philosophy
Platform: As part of such a diverse college I want to provide opportunities for students in every department of CHaSSto be involved, and to be represented in the decisions that affect them. Students should have their voices heard regarding the decisions made within the college, no matter their major. Qualifications:
• Former CHaSS Council Member and Freshman Liaison • Former Government Relations Council Member, and City Liaison • Member of USU Honors Program • Political Science Dept. Merrill Scholar Goals/Plans:
• Have a diverse CHaSS Council which reflects the various disciplines of study within the college.
• Allow time at weekly CHaSS Council meetings for students within the college to make public comment.
• Maintain communication between the office of CHaSS Senator and the heads of each department within the college.
• Use information from past years to continue to build upon and improve events and programs put on by CHaSS.
• Increase the advertisement for the events put on by the college, and make them accessible to all students.
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College of engineering senator Erik Olson-Senior Mechanical Engineering
Platform: Expand upon momentum already built in the College of Engineering to: increase student advocacy, expand opportunities for student feedback, build a more welcoming and unified college, and continue to keep fees low. Qualifications:
• Current Engineering Senator, direct experience with the role • Engineering Ambassador, represented College of Engineering • American Nuclear Society, awareness of club challenges • 2018 Fee Board member, experience with student fees • Eng. Ed. research assistant, aware of unique Eng. problems. Goals/Plans:
• SAVE: Increase Open Educational Resource implementation in the College to save students’ money.
• KEEP: Continue to be a strong voice against unnecessary student fee increases and keep fees low.
• ADVOCATE: Structure USUSA legislative procedure to more effectively advocate Engineering students.
• ENGAGE: Host monthly focus groups with administrators and mid-semester evaluations to engage students.
• DEVELOP: Advance internship opportunities, research accessibility, multidisciplinary projects to develop students.
Quinney college of natural resources senator Mason Kemp-Senior
Wildlife Ecology and Management
Platform: Increase opportunities for involvement and connection between the Quinney College of Natural Resources and the rest of Utah State University. Qualifications:
• QCNR Undergraduate Student Council Marketing Director • Global Community Leadership participant in Cambodia • Volunteer for various USUSA events Goals/Plans:
• Create and promote events that will be more inclusive and engaging to all students, especially in the QCNR.
• Be a voice for the QCNR and an advocate for the Natural Resources. • Promote diversity and inclusion for those who feel marginalized or without representation
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Jon m. Huntsman school of business senator Courtney Aller-Junior
Management Information Systems
Platform: I will work towards Jon M. Huntsman’s goal of a top-tier business program by facilitating student feedback, fostering relations with school leaders, and fulfilling meaningful service projects for the community. Qualifications:
• Business Ambassador, Dean’s Office, 2017-18 • Business Council, Service Group, 2016-17 • Camp Volunteer, Muscular Dystrophy Association, 2017 • Business Council, Focused Friday Representative, 2016-17 • Member, Association of Information Systems, 2017-18 Goals/Plans:
• Bridge the gap between students and faculty to create a teaching force worthy of a top-tier business program.
• Enhance Focused Friday and career development by working with students to provide meaningful career opportunities.
• Develop a Huntsman Gives Back service club to promote service projects and collaboration between clubs and groups.
• Facilitate communication between students and faculty to create an environment where ideas and feedback are pursued.
• Promote involvement in activities and events to help students achieve career goals and maintain valuable networks
Platform: I’ll do everything I can to attain Jon M. Huntsman’s goal to lift the business school to the best in the west and advocate for students’ desires for its future.
Economics and Statistics
• Member of multiple business clubs for 3 years • Managed multiple teams of over 100 members • Proven dedication to the 4 pillars of the business school • International business and entrepreneurial experience • Proven dedication to students Goals/Plans:
• To listen to students and make sure their desires are heard by the administration. • To encourage students to believe in Jon Huntsman’s vision for the school and do their part to attain it.
• To promote student involvement in extracurricular activities at the Huntsman School of Business.
• To empower student organizations with the ability to attain their goals. • To develop unity through extracurricular activities and an attitude of reaching out
USU elections 2018 Reese Jenson-Junior
Business Administration and Marketing
Platform: Bringing together the Huntsman school community, the students, administration, and professors by continuing to develop and expand our student organizations, open communication, and fostering transparency. Qualifications:
• USUSA President’s Cabinet • Facilitator at Aggie Blue Leadership Conference • USU Student Media Marketing & Sales • Member of the 2018 HMA Wake Forrest Competition Team • Member of various Huntsman clubs & organizations Goals/Plans:
• Foster internal transparency. • Amplify the student voice. • Focus on new or emerging technologies and markets. • Further our student clubs and organizations. • Strengthen interpersonal relationships between students, professors, administration, and student leadership.
Cameron Pitt-Junior Marketing
Platform: I will work to improve communication and unity in the business school, empower students by promoting their ideas, and ensure that every student is given ample resources to succeed. Qualifications:
• Current Director of USUSA’s No Lost Generation club • Two-year member of the Huntsman Scholar Program • Complex understanding of HSB’s scholarships and resources • Experience fundraising for USU’s Advancement Center • Corporate work experience working with Ford Motor Company Goals/Plans:
• Improve communication between students and administration on topics such as differential tuition and goals for HSB.
• Empower students by holding a monthly meeting where individuals can vocalize ideas and concerns to a committee.
• Improve networking and job placement for ALL majors by organizing and increasing corporate relation events.
• Create channels for collaboration with students from other colleges for research and business startups.
• Hold semi-annual information sessions for all interested students on available resources and scholarships.
USU elections 2018 Grant Brinkerhoff-Junior Finance & Management Information Systems
Platform: Facilitate communication between students, faculty, clubs,and administration to foster academic and professional growth. Qualifications:
• I’m a Huntsman student with 16 credits of upper div. classes • I am a teaching assistant in the Huntsman School of Business • Worked and held part-time jobs in education for 1 1/2 years • Active participant in the finance club and Friday Activities • Current Huntsman Scholar and active proponent of the program Goals/Plans:
• Work to maintain and enhance the communication between the students, teacher, faculty, and administration.
• Establish events and connections between the older and the younger members of the school to give advice and help.
• Work to center career readiness programs around the needs of the students through the schools events.
• Work with club leaders to promote the integration and attendance of clubs pertaining to the School of Business.
• Support the New Scholar Program and work to produce more class availability, especially for those with dual majors
Jordan Bell-Junior Business Administration
Platform: Bells do more than ring. The Latin root for the word bell means war. I, Jordan Bell, promise to fight for: more transparency in spending, more effectively inform students of all events, and improve Focus Fridays. Qualifications:
• Servedas Treasurer on Business Council (B.C.) this year • Reduced cost & improved B.C. events throughout this year • Coordinated all advertising & execution of 5KRJ last year • Currently involved in a new teacher/announcement program • Served as Student Body Public Relations Coordinator Goals/Plans:
• Plan to create a more accessible view of spending. Students should be aware of how their funds are used.
• Help make Focus Fridays more about student improvement and less about leadership forums.
• Help all become more involved and more informed by improving the coordination of clubs in the business school.
• Improve MyUSU portal by having all events throughout campus posted on the main page on a calendar.
• Create socials and volunteer opportunities to help regular students and international students come together.
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Emma Eccles Jones college of edu. + human services senator Deidra Thomas-Junior Elementary Education
Platform: To create a positive and successful experience for students in the College of Education and Human Services by efficiently and effectively working with CEHS faculty and other USUSA officers. Qualifications:
• Current College of Education and Human Services Senator • Current positive and working relationship with the CEHS dean • Current voting member of the USU Fee Board • Previous College of Education and Human Services Events VP • Past USUSA involvement on Blue Crew and President’s Cabinet Goals/Plans:
• Allow for students to work with college alumni by creating networking opportunities between CEHS students & alumni.
• Continue working with Dean Foley to create a vision for the college. • Use student feedback obtained this year to work with faculty and staff to improve student experience in our college.
• Work with members of academic senate to push forward initiatives that will positively impact CEHS students.
• Regularly communicate with CEHS advisors by providing them with ideas and suggestions to help students succeed.
College of science senator Lukas Lehmann-Junior Statistics
Platform: I will work to create a successful college experience for the students of the College of Science and always strive to champion the academics of the college. Qualifications:
• USUSA BlueCrew Social Media Director • Lab Technician at UStar Spider Silk Laboratory • Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity Vice President of Finance • Dean’s List recipient • Assignment Grader for two courses in the math department Goals/Plans:
• Effectively communicate to the dean and department heads the initiatives of the college.
• Develop and improve upon social media to effectively communicate the events and news within the College of Science.
• Hold events to highlight the diversity and reach of the many departments within the college.
• Have an effective and developmental Science Week that creates objectives to explore outside disciplines.
• Be an available advocate for individuals in the College of Science. page 20
USU elections 2018 D. Jaden Turner-Senior Biology
Platform: Create an AggieSync page to allow for better networking among current USU science students, continue the tradition of Science Week, promote increased awareness of students in distress. Qualifications:
• Laboratory Clerk/Researcher Synthetic Spider Silk Laboratory • Science Council Secretary, Utah State University • Director of Aggies for Education, USU Service Center • Fee Board and Student Sustainability (BGG) Committee Member • TA/Tutor for various Math, Biology and Chemistry courses Goals/Plans:
• Be the voice of USU science students. • Promote increased awareness of students in distress and seek for ways to connect them to proper resources.
• Create a student network (AggieSync page) where students can post materials for sale, jokes, opportunities etc.
• Continue the tradition of having a sensational Science Week. • Promote the College of Science and Utah State University.
Abigail Longaker- Senior Human biology
Platform: I will assist students in better preparing for their future professions and livelihoods by making resources, such as research and networking opportunities, more accessible. Qualifications:
• Science Council Member 2017-2018 • Undergraduate Research Fellow with Own Project • Student Alumni Association Leadership 2015-2018 • Honors Program Member • Logan Regional Hospital Volunteer 2016-2018 Goals/Plans:
• Expand networking opportunities between students and professionals through Science Week and Alumnights.
• Make research opportunities and information more accessible through peer mentoring and hosting an information night.
• Improve and rework the Biology Advising Center’s Twitter/Facebook pages for student opportunities.
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College of ag. + applied sciences senator Dexton Lake-Junior Plant Science and Agribusiness
Platform: I will use my lifelong agricultural background to improve opportunities for CAAS students and advocate student involvement. I will be the senator for the students. Nothing more. Nothing less. Qualifications:
• Grew up as a production agriculturalist on a farm and ranch • Dedicated president within the FFA and other organizations • Member of the USUSA President’s Cabinet (2017-2018) • Developed ag. education opportunities at a high school level • Will be working FOR the students for the benefit of CAAS Goals/Plans:
• Deeper university accountability and transparency of mandatory student fees so students can see where their money is.
• Object and limit legislation that will not benefit the college and students and promote those that do benefit them.
• Weekly social media postings and videos regarding the doings of USUSA legislation and what’s happening within CAAS.
• Increased awareness of undergraduate research and degree opportunities through information sessions and seminars.
• Increase CAAS club recognition and involvement within the university to promote retention and activation in CAAS.
Konner Simmons-Sophomore Nutritional Science
Platform: My goal as Senator of CAAS would be to accurately represent/support students and the college itself. I would stand up for issues that further CAAS learning. Qualifications:
• Student Body President of my high school • I highly value difference of opinion and will listen • I work hard, am organized, and finish what needs to get done • Have experience creating events which help unify students • Involved in leadership in many different organizations Goals/Plans:
• Provide USU and the community learning opportunities through CAAS week that will promote agriculture and science.
• Accurately represent the needs and thoughts of CAAS students in college and university meetings.
• Organize and plan events that allow students to get to know their professors outside of class.
• Provide an easier, more comfortable way for students to contact and meet with • AAS officers. • Educate all students at USU on what the College of Agriculture & Applied Sciences can offer them.
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Graduate studies senator Kristin Hall- PhD Human Development and Family Studies
Platform: As your Graduate Studies Senator I will create an effective graduate network to enable more opportunity for interdisciplinary collaborations, collaborations and mentorship of undergraduate students, and promote positive mental health of all students on campus. Qualifications:
• Serving as the current Graduate Director • Study mental health topics in graduate coursework • Leadership experience in employment, research, and volunteer • Knowledge of and experience working in USU and social policy • Have insight to USU as an undergrad and grad student Goals/Plans:
• Create a more cohesive graduate school community at USU by improving the grad student socials, events, and network.
• Bridge the gap between undergraduate and graduate students through collaborations and mentorship opportunities.
• Advocate for graduate student funding, including GRCO and Graduate Enhancement Award.
• Promote mental health among all USU students.
Caine college of the arts senator
Sierra Wise- Junior Psychology
Platform: As Senator of the Arts, I will continue initiatives to integrate more entrepreneurship training to the arts curriculum, create more transparency with student fees within the Caine College, and continue planning events to highlight the arts and foster collaboration. Qualifications:
• Currently serving as Art Senator • Represents Caine College on Fee Board • Served as Honors Teaching Fellow for Musical Theory • Head of Arts Council at Utah State • Completed bystander, QPR, and LGBTQ Allies training Goals/Plans:
• Continue initiative to integrate more entrepreneurship training to the arts curriculum.
• Continue planning events to foster collaboration between disciplines. • Restructure Arts Council to allow for greater influence across campus. • Create more transparency in course fees and what they are used for within the Caine College.
• Act as a liaison between student concerns and faculty within the Caine College. page 23
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